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Union ballots ambulance staff over broken promises

The workers union GMB is balloting ambulance staff over the government's failure to improve working conditions.

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The consultative ballot will take place between Friday 29th April and Wednesday 25th May 2016.

The ballot will ask ambulance staff what action they are willing to take against promises made by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Back in 2015, in a desperate effort to conclude the pay dispute of 2014/15, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, agreed to a review of the banding system in place to recognise the skill set of ambulance staff. The government’s failure to follow through has not been received well by ambulance staff.

– Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS

Junior doctors' strike leads to cancellation of hundreds of appointments in Calderdale and Huddersfield

Doctors are striking in a row with the Government over a new contract Credit: PA

The junior doctors' strike has led to the cancellation of hundreds of appoiontments in Calderdale and Huddersfield, a health trust has confirmed. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust said 800 outpatient appointments and 55 operations had been cancelled because of tomorrow's walkout.

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Union: Taxpayers should not foot BHS's pension bill

The shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has said taxpayers should not be left to pick up the bill for collapsed retailer BHS's £571 million pension deficit.

The Pensions Regulator is currently in negotiations with the department store's previous owner Sir Philip Green over plugging the pensions hole.

Sir Philip, who owns Topshop, is reported to have offered £80 million towards the cost of BHS's pensions, though the regulator could still pursue further payment from the billionaire.


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BMA chief defends junior doctors' strike action

The head of the BMA has defended the decision for junior doctors to go ahead with a two-day strike over the imposition of a new contract, saying the government "utterly refuses to listen to the concerns of junior doctors".

Dr Mark Porter said as long as the government planned to impose the disputed contract, "industrial action will have to be mounted".

He also reiterated that there will be a full emergency service in place while strike action takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Four teenagers arrested over robberies of two lone women in Leeds city centre

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Four teenagers have been arrested by detectives investigating linked street robberies on lone women in Leeds city centre.

The males, all aged 16, were questioned over two incidents, which happened 40 minutes apart, in the Call Lane area in the early hours of Saturday, April 16.

The four were questioned about the incidents and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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